August 14, 2006


GM announces drivable version of Sequel Fuel-Cell Concept

The hydrogen-powered GM sequel concept is introduced at Auto Shanghai in April 2005.
The hydrogen-powered GM sequel concept is introduced at Auto Shanghai in April 2005. Click image to enlarge

Traverse City, Michigan – GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner has announced that the company has developed a drivable version of its Sequel fuel-cell concept car, which first appeared as a skateboard-like chassis at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Wagoner made the announcement during his remarks at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars last week.

The Sequel used a new fuel cell system, higher-pressure hydrogen storage, by-wire controls and rear-wheel hub motors that accelerated the car from zero to 96 km/h in less than ten seconds. GM will introduce the drivable model to the media next month at an event in Southern California.

Wagoner also noted the start of production of the Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid, and that there are more than 500 GM-equipped hybrid buses in operation. “Late next year, we’ll introduce, in our full-size SUVs, our technologically-advanced two-mode hybrid system,” Wagoner said in his remarks, “co-developed with BMW and DaimlerChrysler, and based on a scaled-down version of the two-mode system already on the road in our hybrid transit buses.” According to Wagoner, GM holds 65 per cent of the large and large-luxury SUV market.

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